LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Diversity is not an obstacle, it's an asset.

That was part of the message from U.S. Secretary of Education John King Jr., who made a stop in Louisville on Tuesday.

He visited Goldsmith Elementary School. During the visit, he announced a new grant competition to help increase diversity in schools.

King also discussed the 2017 Magnet Schools Assistance Program, which provides money to help create diverse public schools and support high-quality education.

"By being in a diverse school, not only do they get the academic benefits that come with diversity, but they also get the social benefits. The opportunity to learn, to take on different perspectives and see the world through the eyes of others. And they're better prepared for the 21st century economy," King said.

Congressman John Yarmuth, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens also attended the roundtable.

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